Hulu Pulling Support From Some Older Roku Models

Some Roku devices built before 2012 will lose Hulu access

If you bought a Roku device before 2012, and want to watch Hulu, you might need to upgrade to a newer Roku or switch to another streaming platform.

Roku Premiere Media Streamer

Hulu is rolling out a software update that will lock out a number of older Roku models sold prior to 2012.

What is Hulu doing? The streaming service, which includes original content, libraries of television series, and live TV channels, announced last month that, in order to support that latest Hulu App, a number of Roku streaming devices need to update their firmware.

Streaming Box Market Share in the U.S. (Approx.)

  • Roku: 45M
  • Google: 24M
  • Amazon Fire TV: 22M
  • Apple: 14M

Leaving some behind: While at least eight different Roku models that, with a firmware update, support the new software, there are a number of older ones that do not:

  • Roku Streaming Player (models 2400 to 3100)
  • Roku Streaming Stick (model 3420 or earlier)

These players will continue to work with the classic Hulu app until June 24. After that, Hulu says these devices "will no longer be supported."

What to do: You have a couple of weeks to swap out your Roku player for a different one or to switch to another platform like Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or, if you have one, a smart TV. All of them support Hulu and, assuming they're new enough, will support the latest Hulu App.

Via: ArsTechnica

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